[Taxacom] Chinese locality question

蒋澈 jiangche at pku.edu.cn
Fri Mar 24 11:53:53 CDT 2017

Dear Mr. Grehan,

I've found something interesting.

The type locality of Hyalurgus cinctus, a tachinid, is also "Yao-gi, Chine" (published in French). A British entomlogist, R.W. Crosskey, in his "A taxonomic conspectus of the Tachinidae (Diptera) of the Oriental region", recorded this place as "China: (? Szechwan) Yao-gi", i.e. he also thought this place might be located in the Sichuan province, though not sure. However, in "Catalogue of Palaearctic Diptera", B. Herting corrected it to "Yao-Gi (Yao-jie, S. Gansu, China)", which is 窑街 in the Gansu province.

Who is correct in this issue? I can hardly tell, because such a name is so vague (perhaps this is a pronunciation in the local dialect,since the syllable "gi" doesn't appear in the Mandarin phonology) and there are thousands of villages and towns in this region. Locating it is not easier than finding a needle in the ocean. But I believe that should be a place in Sichuan, rather than Gansu. For the time being I couldn't find a suitable toponymical reference book. When I have got one at my hand, maybe I could figure it out. Let me try.

By the way, could you show me the species name of that moth? I think I could consult some monographs in Chinese language to find some clues.

Greetings from China,

> -----原始邮件-----
> 发件人: "John Grehan" <calabar.john at gmail.com>
> 发送时间: 2017-03-24 07:43:17 (星期五)
> 收件人: taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
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> 主题: [Taxacom] Chinese locality question
> Dear colleagues,
> If anyone may have a clue as the whereabouts of 'Yao Gi' in China I would
> be most grateful. This is in reference to a moth in the Smithsonian
> collection that has no date, but refers to an elevation of 4-5,000 feet. I
> suspect that it is somewhere in southwestern China. The only other locality
> for this species is in Pin-fa in Guizhou province.
> Thank you,
> John Grehan
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